6 SEPTEMBER - 15 OCTOBER, STUDIO GALLERY, SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE 2019
"I must stay alone and know that I am alone to contemplate and feel nature in full; I have to surrender myself to what encircles me, I have to merge with my clouds and rocks in order to be what I am. Solitude is indispensable for my dialogue with nature."
Caspar David Friedrich
Solitude explores the perception of space in landscapes from different parts of the world. This exhibition of paintings invites you to connect with colour and nature, and enjoy the effect they have on our well-being and positive mental health. Escape into calm and moody landscapes and seascapes created from memories of the artist's travels and love of island life.
"I have always been drawn to water and the sea, and love exploring this through my work. I find water relaxing and enjoy experimenting with different painting techniques to portray it. I want my paintings to have a calming effect on the viewer, and be peaceful to live with. Art can heal, and we find ourselves drawn to the pieces we need the most.
Using palette knives to create texture along with a technique known as scumbling, I can create clouds, skies, sandy shores and seas. I enjoy seeing the paint go on its journey down the canvas and often stumble across areas of intrigue by trial and error, which sometimes end up in the final piece. It has taken me twenty years to know when to stop painting when to let go and not overwork a piece.
I am motivated by beauty, particularly in nature, and love creating joy when sharing the magic of creation. The viewer must explore their own intimate connection with art and let themselves be drawn subconsciously to what they like."